Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Greyhound Cocktail
Does it get much easier than vodka and grapefruit? No! That is why the Greyhound is such a great cocktail. Photo: S&C Design Studios
    3 mins
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The Greyhound is a popular and very easy grapefruit and vodka cocktail that is an ideal choice for a summertime brunch or any time that you feel like enjoying a tall, refreshing, and tart drink.

The beauty of this mixed drink is in its simplicity and, much like the Screwdriver, the vodka adds very little flavor so you are basically drinking spiked juice. That said, try the Greyhound with infused vodkas for a little twist. Strawberry, blood orange and kiwi are all great choices.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

More Tips for Making a Great Greyhound Cocktail

It can be easy to think that quality does not matter in a mixed drink. However, there are only two ingredients in the Greyhound and that makes each one very important.

To create the best Greyhound, it is best to begin with a good vodka. It doesn't have to be your best vodka, though I wouldn't recommend one of the cheapest, bottom shelf vodkas, either.

Find a good middle-ground vodka, one that is both easy on your budget and has a smoother taste. New Amsterdam, Stolichnaya and Svedka would be a few of my top recommendations. Once you find a vodka that meets your need and taste, make it your regular well vodka and reserve the really good stuff for vodka martinis.

The grapefruit juice is equally important in the Greyhound and my first recommendation would be to use freshly-squeezed juice. There are a variety of tools available that can make the process quick and cheap and it is a good habit to get into that will significantly improve the quality of your drinks.

Gin can replace the vodka in a salt-rimmed glass for a Salty Dog.